Danbury Country Park – originally laid out in the 13th century as part of a private estate – offers ornamental gardens and lakes, woodland and meadows.
The park’s accessible, well-maintained tracks are popular with dog walkers and families, with plenty of seats and picnic benches to have a rest or a bite to eat.
Surviving historic structures include an ice house where before refrigerators, ice was collected from the lakes in winter and stored for the palace kitchens.
The lakeside path takes you past the ornamental gardens and alongside tranquil waters, where you can see ducks, carp, moorhens, coots, grebes and sometimes a kingfisher.
Late spring is a good time to see ducklings and spectacular displays from rhododendrons in the gardens. In summer, the meadows fill with wildflowers and grasses, attracting butterflies and insects. Woodland paths offer respite from the sun in the dappled shade of ancient oaks, hornbeams and sweet chestnuts.
If you are travelling on public transport to get to one of the Essex Country Parks – take a look at the Traveline journey planner.
8am to dusk
26 Feb l 5 Mar l 12 Mar l 19 Mar l 26 Mar
14 Feb I 4 April l 11 April l 30 May l 25 July l 1 Aug l 8 Aug l 22 Aug l 29 Aug
Up to 1 hour £1.50
Up to 2 hours £2.50
Up to 3 hours £3.50
Over 3 hours £4
Season parking and more
Money from parking is used to maintain the park and protect its wildlife.
Danbury Country Park runs several activities for children and families including Wild Wednesday and Woodland Play Forest School, helping them make the most of what parks can offer and build a lifelong appreciation for the outdoors.
You can fish at the Lower lake (the most western lake, south of the wildflower meadow), between 16 June and 14 March from 8.30am until dusk. Make sure you have a rod license and buy your day permit from the Ranger at the lake. Fishing is not allowed in the Mid lake and Top lake.
The park’s accessible, well-maintained hard-surface tracks are great for walking. There are plenty of seats and picnic benches to have a rest or a bite to eat. The lakeside path takes you alongside the tranquil waters where you can watch ducks, swans and carp, and past the ornamental gardens.
Join our weekly volunteer group and learn new skills, whilst helping the environment & wildlife!
Volunteering at Danbury Country Park is hands-on. A great way to meet people, learn about conservation, get a bit of exercise and make a difference to the Woods.
You’ll get to have a go at many tasks, such as coppicing, wildlife gardening and creating habitats. Make a difference and do something different.
Come and help our Rangers with practical work that makes our country park a great place for people and wildlife. On-site training given in many tasks. All tools provided, just make sure you have strong footwear and suitable outdoor clothing.
Takes place: every Tuesday, 10.00am till 3.00pm. Price: Free
Get in touch on 01245 222350 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are public toilets, including disabled facilities, near the Woods car park and at the Mid lake. The toilets adjacent to the woods car park are closed in winter from November to April. The main toilets by the lakes car park are open all year.
Our outdoor learning team runs curriculum-linked activity days across all Essex’s country parks, designed to release children’s imagination and encourage their creativity. Find out more about educational activities at the park.